Many students would welcome the chance to study in beautiful countries like England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Germany or France. But how difficult is it to do that financially? Obviously the reality in part has to do with each student’s personal circumstances. However many applicants who are already considering paying for postgraduate studies are surprised to find just how possible making that move really is.
The first thing to know is that many programs in the UK and other parts of Europe are recognized here in Ontario and other Canadian provinces. This means the courses are already approved so that eligible students can apply to OSAP (or similar student loan programs) to get help with paying a portion of the tuition fee. There are also a vast number of scholarships available for Canadians who are heading overseas to study internationally. Most universities have scholarships which are specifically geared towards students coming from places such as Canada for example. In most instances, this means at least one thousand pounds off of the total cost of tuition. And of course, your study location can be another factor when assessing the total costs of pursuing your post-grad goals. For example, if funding is not a major concern you may choose to study in London where the cost of living per month is obviously much higher. However, many of the same programs are available in smaller cities and towns where the cost of daily living is much more affordable.
The other thing to keep in mind is that if you are already planning to continue onto postgrad studies, heading overseas in many cases does not add significantly, if at all, to the total cost of education. This is because in most cases, Masters degrees at overseas universities are just one year instead of the two required here in Canada.
Programs such as Pharmacy and Chiropractic are two examples of cost-effective ways to achieve your career goals. In both of these instances, the programs are accessible directly from high school. This makes a huge difference in cost since undergraduate work in university is not necessary, as it is here in Canada. For example. becoming a Chiropractor in Ontario requires an undergraduate degree (which usually takes 3 years) and then another 4 years on average to complete the Chiropractic education. So even though studying overseas seems to cost more initially, the fact that these students are done two or three years earlier and are back home working rather than continuing to pay for school results in a similar average cost overall. In addition, students gain the experience of having an International education which is often desirable to employers, while earning credentials which are easily transferable to working back here at home.
Law is another example where pursuing a shorter time period of studying is an option. Accelerated law programs at many UK universities take just two years rather than three. Students are required to write a small number of qualifying tests upon their return but are also able to work during this time period and so are earning money, instead of spending it on a third year of tuition. At the same time, they are able to gain valuable career experience rather than spending another year sitting in the classroom. Watch the video below of one of our former students who studied Law in the UK and is now working back here at home in Canada.
Barclay Educational has helped hundreds of students pursue their undergrad and postgraduate education goals overseas in the ten years the company has been in business. We have a track record of partnering with more than 25 of the top-rated overseas universities and help students choose programs which are the perfect fit with their marks and future goals. In addition, Barclay offers FREE help with the entire application process. As our company acts a recognized representative of overseas universities, the schools pay our fee. If you would like to find out more about about how you might be able to pursue your dream of studying overseas, please contact Jackie at JSB@barclayedu.com